About Us

Mission Statement for PDHCA

The Private Duty Homecare Association believes that all persons with needs should be able to live independently and safely at home for as long as possible with the assistance of qualified, accountable home care services.

Goals for PDHCA
  • Serve as the central resource and advocate for the private duty home care community.
  • Meet the specific needs of its member organizations.
  • Actively influence the legislative, judicial, and regulatory processes to positively impact private duty home care.
  • Foster, develop, and promote high standards of client care through a national accreditation programs.
  • Initiate, sponsor, and promote educational programs that focus on industry best practices
  • Use an ongoing national campaign to educate consumers about the choices in private duty home care and potential funding mechanisms.
  • Promote collaboration among national, state, and local organizations of similar mission and values.
Board Members

PDHCA board members are elected by the membership of the Association. Each serves a two-year term, with half the terms expiring each year to ensure continuity. The Chairman of the Association serves as the Association representative on the NAHC Board of Directors.

Brittnei Salerno, Chairman

La Jolla Nurses Homecare
2223 Avenida de la Playa, Suite 120
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 858-454-9339
E-mail: britt@lajollanurseshomecare.com

Emilie R. Bartolucci, MPA, CPXP

Executive Director, PDHCA
National Association for Home care & Hospice
228 7th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

Lucy Andrews

At Your Service Home Care
1221 Farmers Lane, Suite A
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Phone: 707-573-1003
Fax: 707-573-8166
E-mail: lucy@ayshomecare.net

Summer Napier

Heling Hands Healthcare, LLC
901 Indiana Avenue, Suite 665
Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Phone: 940.432.0588
Fax: 940.432.0275
Email: summer@healinghandshealthcare.us

Sheila Davis

Senior Vice-President, Area Operations
Always Best Care Senior Services
1406 Blue Oaks Blvd. Suite 100
Roseville, CA 95747


Jeffrey Salter

Caring Senior Service
201 East Park Avenue, Ste 200
San Antonio, TX 78212
Phone: 210.757.4650
Email: jeff@caringinc.com

Blake Erdely

Director of Private Duty Services, National
Intrepid USA Healthcare Services
4055 Valley View Lane, Suite 750
Dallas, TX 75244
Phone: 469.559.4664
Fax: 214.630.6061
Email: blake.erdely@intrepidusa.com

Brandy Shifteh

Regulations/Compliance Management
10900 Hampsire Avenue South, Suite 100
Bloomington, MN 55438

Stephanie Johnston

President & CEO
Transcend Strategy Group

C. Sam Smith

CEO/ President
BRC Access Care, Inc.
Lincolnwood, IL

Melissa Kalinowski

Director of Implementation
Corridor Group
38966 Palm Valley Road
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: 904.755.4602
Email: mkalinowski@corridorgroup.com

Kristen Wheeler

Director of Private Duty Services
Home Care Association of Florida
2236 Capital Circle, NE, Suite 206
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Phone: 305.849.1300
Fax: 850.222.9251
Email: kwheeler@homecarefla.org

Nick Knowlton

Vice President, Business Development
Brightree LLC
1735 N. Brown Road
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Phone: 720.206.4740
Email: nknowlton@brightree.com


Mike Young

SVP, Payer Relations and Government Relations
400 Interstate North Parkway, SE, Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30339
Email: mike.young@aveanna.com

Wendy Phillips-Chavez

Advocacy Center at Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care
74 8h Street SE, Suite 255
Hickory, NC 28602
(828) 322-2710

Questions and Answers

What is Private Duty Home Care?
Private Duty home care organizations provide broad range of services from medical and nursing care to bill paying and transportation services. Their goal is to provide whatever the aged, ill or disabled or their families need in order for their loved ones to remain in independence where they most want to be-in their homes.

Who Created PDHCA?
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice created PDHCA in 2005 to provide more focused service to the expanding non-Medicare home care industry. Private duty home care is growing rapidly and will see explosive growth in the upcoming baby boomer retirement period.

Who Should Join?
Anyone who wants to be proactive, to have a hand in shaping the future of the fastest growing part of home care. In a few years, this segment, which involves funds paid privately by clients themselves or their families, is slated to become the lion’s share of all home care services, dwarfing Medicare and government payments. The opportunity exists to participate in the decisions that will define this growing industry. Those who are in it early will have a competitive advantage over those who are not.

Why Should I Join?
Private duty providers may escape Medicare regulations but as any business knows, there are plenty of regulations that come from agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor. The issues are different than Medicare and NAHC and PDHCA have created the expertise to help influence laws and regulations. Unless private duty providers are united as evident by their membership in NAHC or PDHCA, the industry will be at the mercy of Federal regulators

Is it true that members of NAHC may join PDHCA without paying additional fees?
Yes. The Board of NAHC felt that this was so important that they made membership in PDHCA free for the first two years. NAHC members, however, must claim this right on their membership renewal forms or by returning the enclosed membership application noting their NAHC membership. Does PDHCA have a “Code of Ethics” and if so what does it say and how is it enforced? Yes. PDHCA has a tough Code of Ethics, which is subscribed to by all those who join the association. It follow NAHC’s Code of Ethics has been copied and adapted by many state organizations. Here is PDHCA’s Code of Ethics.